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In Thailand, new Volvo cars are protected from the sun

Volvo Cars Thailand (VCT) has taken quality control to the next level with the opening of a new warehouse. VCT knows the new warehouse as the Central Distribution and Training Centre (CDTC) and not only will it function as a distribution centre in the region but a training and service centre as well. As you know, VCT currently does not have a production plant in Thailand. The manufacturers rely on imports from Volvo Car’s various plants across the world, including Malaysia (Volvo XC40 and Volvo


Nov 9, 2020

VW Group opens regional parts distribution hub in Malaysia

Volkswagen Group has opened a new regional parts distribution centre in the Port of Tanjung Pelepas, Johor which will serve as the genuine parts supply chain to 21 markets across the Asia Pacific region. At 50,000 square metres, the new regional parts distribution centre is larger than its predecessor. The centre contains around 65,000 genuine parts of the German group’s brands including Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, Skoda, and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. International Trade and Industry

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Jan 15, 2021

Save up to RM 50k on a recond car or go for Certified Pre-Owned car?

When it comes to shopping for a car, terms like reconditioned cars and certified pre-owned (CPO) cars get tossed around a fair bit. On paper, both CPO and reconditioned (recond) cars are very similar – both are cheaper than a new car, allowing the buyer to save some money. But that’s where the similarities end, as they are world’s apart once you look closer. Recond cars – good on paper, but buyers beware While it may seem tempting to save RM 40k to RM 50k on a recond car versus a brand-new car,


Apr 23, 2020

Mr Hypercar: The man who turned every car he touched into gold 

Working for Lamborghini, Pagani, Koenigsegg, KTM and Dallara since 1974, Loris Bicocchi has a bigger ambition to do his own car at the age of 61. And the man drives like this: Sometimes, it's better to wait While Football is the most popular sport in Italy, it's not the most popular for Bicocchi. “I was never interested in football, just cars,” he says. Bicocchi shared the hometown of Sant'Agata Bolognese with Lamborghini, in the north of Italy. He used to stand in front of the company gates wai


Sep 9, 2019

Proton EVs for sale - including Proton EMAS and Saga EV!

Remember Proton's electric vehicle (EV) project? Today, we found out that Proton was putting up models such as the Proton Saga EV, Proton Iriz EV, and even the Proton EMAS concept car up for auction. This following last week's auction of historic concepts and prototypes. UPDATE: The Proton EMAS concept car has been withdrawn from the auction. Thumbs up to Proton! It's impossible for a manufacturer to keep every protoype/concept car, but the EMAS deserves a spot in the museum. Today's auction was

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Jul 22, 2020

Buying guide: 5 things to lookout for when buying a used car

Want that dream car of yours but can’t afford to buy new? The used car market is one solution. If you are shopping for a used car, here are the list of things that you should look out for. 1. Check paintwork, body panels, engine bay, and underneath of the car First impression matters. The outlook of the car is what makes you attracted to it in the first place, so naturally, this will be the first thing you should look at. Always inspect the car in daylight, because the sun's reflection can tell

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May 15, 2020

Spied: Waiting too long for Proton X50? Perodua D55L spied for first time in Malaysia!

We know the Perodua D55L SUV is coming, but it could be here sooner than expected. Submitted by one of our readers, this heavily-camouflaged car is almost certainly the Perodua D55L, touted to be the carmaker's next big hit. The photo was taken right outside the Road Transport Department's (JPJ) Putrajaya office - which points to the car possibly undergoing the Vehicle Type Approval (VTA) process. What is the Perodua D55L? The Perodua D55L is Perodua’s codename for its upcoming B-segment SUV. It


Nov 11, 2020

This rare Proton Satria Neo rally car is yours for a reasonable RM 450k

A very rare English Proton Satria Neo rally car is for sale on Motorsports Auction for 85,000 GBP. Unlike the Satria Neo S2000 rally car, this Satria Neo runs a British-made engine – the 2,500 Millington Diamond Engine. Specifically, the 2,500 cc Millington Diamond series 2+. The history of the Millington Engines dates all the way back to 1971 with Roy Millington working on diesel engines of the family farm. The first diamond engines are based on the 4-cylinder Cosworth YB engine. Roy Millington


Jun 23, 2020

New upgraded Toyota Alphard / Vellfire launching in May 2021, for Malaysia too

Sales of the current AH30 generation Toyota Alphard / Toyota Vellfire twins will end next year in 2022. The next generation 2022 model however, will be rationalized into just one model, only the Toyota Alphard. It also means that the current AH30 generation Toyota Vellfire will be the last. To commemorate the end of the Alphard / Vellfire twins, Toyota will be introducing a final edition model of sorts for the Alphard / Vellfire twins. Sources in Japan say that the upgraded final edition Alphard


Mar 2, 2021

Mitsubishi UK auctioning off 14 heritage models including Evo VI TME, Evo IX MR, and 3000GT

Even though Mitsubishi Motors announced that it will not pull out of the European market after all, that does not mean it is completely smooth sailing for the Three Diamonds brand. Mitsubishi Motors (MMC) United Kingdom is liquidating its heritage fleet and as a result, 14 vehicles from their collection are up for grabs at an auction. Also read: Mitsubishi will save their European presence by rebadging Renaults According to the listing, the Mitsubishi Heritage Fleet auction will begin on 1-April

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Mar 18, 2021

Spied: The all-new 2021 Kia Sorento is in Malaysia, but don't get too excited yet

In between everything that's going on with Kia Malaysia's ownership situation, it seems that at least one unit of the all-new 2021 Kia Sorento has landed in Malaysia. However, it might be a bit too early to expect its launch here anytime soon. You see, this MQ4-generation Sorento that was spotted in Shah Alam is actually a left-hand drive (LHD) unit. That in itself is a clue - Kia Motors Corporation has a regional training centre (for Asia Pacific) here in Malaysia, and this is very likely a tra


Mar 26, 2021

Used car dealers in Malaysia experiencing record-high sales in July 2020

Looks like car manufacturers are not the only ones that are currently enjoying a surge in sales. Used-car dealers are also reporting record-high sales in the few months since the Recovery Movement Control Order was put into effect. According to the Federation of Motor and Credit Companies Association of Malaysia (FMCCAM) president Datuk Tony Khor, the surge in demand for used cars is so good that the scenario is “simply too good to believe”. The surge in vehicle sales is believed to be spurred b


Aug 3, 2020

Top Rank: 6 cars to buy recond over official

Yes, you read the title correctly – we’ve compiled a list of 6 cars you should buy recond over official units. For those who have been following us would know that we don’t usually recommend recond cars, but for this post, we’ll make an exception. But before we get started, we should clarify the misconception that recond car are better equipped than local spec cars isn’t true. Companies like Toyota and Mercedes-Benz have been fitting their cars with generous safety equipment, matching or even su


Aug 22, 2020

Nissan’s COO: Our models are too old, too many, Ghosn over-stretched the company

Nissan’s new COO Ashwani Gupta is sitting on a hot seat, with an unenviable task of cleaning up the mess left behind by Carlos Ghosn, the former Chairman and CEO of Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance. Formerly the COO of Mitsubishi Motor, Gupta was appointed to Nissan in August 2019, and has been tasked with pulling Nissan out of the rut and his immediate priority is to stabilize and strengthen Nissan’s business by focusing on its core markets of USA, China, and Japan. Nissan is currently in a p


Jan 6, 2021

The economy is tanking but why are modern classic Honda Civics fetching high prices?

A global pandemic and signs of an impending economic depression are already slamming the automotive industry five ways to Thursday. Car sales are down, people are losing their jobs, and businesses are going bankrupt. We may be a meal away from financial Armageddon, which for some means it is a good time as any to buy an old Honda Civic Type R for RM300,000. Wait, what? That isn’t a lone case. More recently somebody bought a Mugen Civic Type R for half a million Ringgit. If that wasn’t brave enou


Aug 9, 2020

Volvo Car Malaysia opens new 3S centre in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

There’s a new Volvo 3S centre in Malaysia and this time it is located in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The latest 3S centre will add to their list of 14 dealerships nationwide and will be run by their new dealer partner Sebangga Mitsinbo Sdn Bhd. The new 2-storey 3S centre spans 5,432 square-foot and is built to adhere to Volvo Car’s retail standard known as the Volvo Retail Experience (VRE). The facility is prepared to put the Volvo Car Lifestyle Collection and Accessories on show and ready to facilita


Jul 30, 2020

Toyota Harrier, buy a recond and save over RM20k or buy an official import?

Toyota Harrier Alongside the Toyota Alphard/Vellfire, the Toyota Harrier is an immensely popular luxury SUV. Part of the reason why the Harrier is so popular is the lack of competition – it has no direct rival either from Honda or Nissan. But the question remains – should you buy a cheap reconditioned (recond) unit or pay up for an officially-imported unit by UMW Toyota Motor? Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons. Prices – Recond is cheaper, but for a good reason Prices start from RM 24


May 9, 2020

Civic is too strong, Binrui weak, will the Proton S50 have a chance in Malaysia?

First things first. There is no such thing as a Proton S50. The name exists not on any Proton car but merely on a list of nameplates trademarked by Proton, along with the Proton V70 and Proton C50. Still, Malaysians have a very high level of interest in Proton and for whatever reason, S50 is fast becoming a trending topic. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Local Internet users have somehow collectively concluded that the Proton S50 is a natural successor to the Proton Preve/Proton Waja, nevermi


Feb 1, 2021

After MCO, chip supply shortage is slowing car production in Malaysia

Just when you thought the car industry can get some respite after MITI’s corrective U-turn to allow automotive manufacturing to resume as the whole of Malaysia except for Sarawak goes back into MCO mode, we have been told by our friends working in the manufacturing sector that the much talked about worldwide shortage of semiconductor chips has hit Malaysia, threatening to halt production lines once more. Not all manufacturers are facing the problem yet but we understand that several major local


Jan 21, 2021

No replacement planned yet for ageing Proton Saga, BMA platform too costly

The current generation Proton Saga, sometimes referred to as the P2-13A Saga, has been on the market since 2016. To keep it ahead of its biggest competitor the Perodua Bezza, Proton gave the A-segment Proton Saga sedan a mid-lifecycle facelift in 2019, adding a new touch screen infotainment, and a new Hyundai-sourced 4-speed automatic replacing the previous car’s lousy CVT, and more importantly, drop its price to be lower than the Bezza. Since the current Saga is basically a heavily modified ver


Dec 17, 2020

Someone just paid RM 300K for a Honda Civic EK9 Type R!

The Honda Civic EK9 Type R will be turning 25. That means this JDM legend from the nineties is turning into a classic soon – yeah, we are feeling old. We’ve seen news of Toyota A80 Supras and Honda Integra DC2 Type Rs going for six figures at auctions in America. However, since the EK9 is still below the 25-year import rule, that means we won’t be seeing wild prices for them. Until now. According to OZM Auto Auction, a fresh-looking Honda Civic EK9 Type R in black with a mileage of only 2,549 km

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Jul 19, 2020

10 new models still to be launched in Malaysia! Oct. to be 2020’s most intense month for new car launches, why?

With at least five models confirmed to be launched in October, and another five more that are also very likely to join the growing list, October is definitely the busiest month of this year. That’s a nice problem to have considering the slump that the industry is in. Cumulative new vehicle sales in Malaysia for the first half of 2020 was down by over 40 percent compared to the same six-month period last year. The all-new 2020 Honda City, Nissan Almera, Proton X50, Hyundai Kona and Mitsubishi Xpa


Sep 13, 2020

A recond Toyota Alphard/Vellfire is nearly RM 44k cheaper than UMW Toyota's official import, should you buy the recond?

There's no doubt that the Toyota Alphard (and its Vellfire twin) is the best luxury MPV on the market. Few other cars can match the Alphard/Vellfire's spaciousness and ease of entrace/exit. Compared to a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the Alphard's sliding doors allow you to step in/out of the car as if it's a room, rather than a car. The only question left is whether to buy a cheap reconditioned (recond) unit or pay up for an officially-imported unit by UMW Toyota Motor? Let’s take a closer look at the


May 2, 2020

LaneWatch is too expensive for Honda, to be removed in future models

Initially conceived as a better alternative to blind spot monitoring, Honda’s ingenious LaneWatch system could be discontinued in the near future. What is Honda LaneWatch? Honda LaneWatch, like the name suggests, utilizes a camera mounted on the passenger-side wing mirror that feeds a video stream to your car’s head unit. The aim is to allow drivers to see if there are motorcyclists or other drives in their blind spot, and it also works in poor weather conditions. If it’s so good, why does Honda


Apr 10, 2020

Court says car park operators liable for car thefts!

The Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court ruling that the management of a car park is liable of negligence rendering disclaimers of exemption clauses posted by the car park non-viable. Sunway Parking Services Sdn Bhd was ordered to pay about RM 117,000 of damages to Euro Rent A Car Sdn Bhd in the case where the rental car company’s vehicle was stolen from the premises. This means that car park disclaimer notices posted at various locations of a parking lot informing visitors that the manageme


Dec 8, 2020

With the VW Arteon, VPCM is gunning for the C-Class/3 Series – a stretch too far?

With a sleek fastback silhouette and coupe-style frameless doors, the VW Arteon is one of a kind. Priced at RM 221,065 (without SST, applicable until 31-Dec 2020), there’s nothing else in the market at this price point. The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe has been temporarily discontinued, pending arrival of the new generation model (yet to be announced) but even when it does, it will be priced closer to RM 400,000. The Mercedes-Benz CLS 350 sits one segment too high and has an asking price of over RM 5


Aug 14, 2020

2021 Suzuki Swift Sport: Should you buy recond or brand-new from Naza?

Prior to the return of Suzuki in Malaysia, those who wanted to buy the fourth-generation (ZC33S) Suzuki Swift Sport had to resort to reconditioned units, as recond dealers have been selling that model since 2019. But that will soon change, as Suzuki has returned to Malaysia under Naza. In the process, the company has introduced the fourth-generation (ZC33S) Swift Sport in Malaysia. So, the question is: now that potential buyers have the option of a reconditioned unit or a brand-new unit, which i


Apr 9, 2021

How did Tun M’s Proton Perdana ended up gathering dust in the UK?

During the long weekend, as Malaysians were celebrating the 63rd Merdeka Day, we were greeted by a couple of YouTube videos that showed a Proton Perdana gathering dust in an underground car park in the UK. It was later revealed that this Perdana actually belonged to former PM, Tun Mahathir Mohamad. This raised quite a bit of furore around the Malaysian interwebs but what exactly is going on and how did Tun M’s car get there? To answer that, let’s head back to 1996 to a forgotten brainchild of Tu

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Sep 2, 2020

Why is the Toyota 86 so much more expensive than the VW Golf GTI?

When the 200 PS Toyota 86 was first launched in Malaysia in 2012, its asking price was RM 243,000 for the manual, and RM 249,000 for the automatic variant. For a supposedly affordable sports car, its pricing in Malaysia is hardly affordable at all. The more powerful (220 PS), more practical Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk7 can be had for about RM17k less, at RM 227,888. Toyota 86 UMW Toyota then introduced the facelifted 86 in 2017. There were some minor upgrades but prices went up further, to RM 257,502

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May 16, 2020

Is your Toyota Hilux too tame? Mod it with this Modellista kit, available in Malaysia

Owners of the Toyota Hilux who feel their pick-up truck is a little too humdrum can now look towards Modellista's latest kit - which is now available in Malaysia! The multi-piece kit is relatively simple - up front, the touches include a set of fog lamp garnishes, a front spoiler, and a grille garnish. Along the sides, it's beefed-up by a set of gloss-black overfenders, new wheels, and striping. The back looks pretty untouched, and like most other Modellista kit, no performance modifications wer


Apr 14, 2021